This project explores the extent to which the outcomes of alternative combinations of mitigation and adaptation can be compared, based on current climate impact models and integrated assessment models.

If such comparison is not yet possible or informative, then what kind of model development might enable policymakers to understand tradeoffs between mitigation and adaptation? And what issues that cannot be included in models would also need to be considered by scientists and policymakers, and how?

SEI's contribution to this project, which is led by the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and funded by the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change, is to analyse tradeoffs between mitigation and adaptation, and to assess the usefulness of climate impact models and integrated assessment models in informing such tradeoffs within a broader climate policy and decision-making context.

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